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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
The Menu
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich
I BEG you come to-night and dine.
A welcome waits you, and sound wine—
The Roederer chilly to a charm,
As Juno’s breath the claret warm,
The sherry of an ancient brand.        5
No Persian pomp, you understand—
A soup, a fish, two meats, and then
A salad fit for aldermen
(When aldermen, alas the days!
Were really worth their mayonnaise);        10
A dish of grapes whose clusters won
Their bronze in Carolinian sun;
Next, cheese—for you the Neufchâtel,
A bit of Cheshire likes me well;
Café au lait or coffee black,        15
With Kirsch or Kümmel or Cognac
(The German Band in Irving Place
By this time purple in the face);
Cigars and pipes. These being through,
Friends shall drop in, a very few—        20
Shakespeare and Milton, and no more.
When these are guests I bolt the door,
With Not at Home to any one
Excepting Alfred Tennyson.

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